This survey is designed to capture information about outdoor recreation programming and nature-based interventions for military veterans.

It has been developed by SHIFT, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of nature as a social determinant of health, in conjunction with:

Semra Aytur, PhD, Associate Professor, Health Management and Policy, University of New Hampshire

Jessie Bennett, PhD, Assistant Professor, Recreation Management and Policy, University of New Hampshire

Nick Otis, Senior Research Associate, Leidos; Senior Research Associate, Naval Health Research Center

Jasmine Townsend, PhD, Associate Professor, Recreational Therapy, Clemson University

Deborah Tysor, PhD, Lecturer of Recreational Therapy, Clemson University

You are receiving this survey because we understand that you are a direct service provider of recreation therapy or outdoor recreation-based programming for military veterans. If that is the case, we invite you to complete the survey.

The survey should take ca. 25 minutes to complete. Survey results will be used to develop a baseline assessment of current practices within the field, which in turn will assist with the establishment of best practices for such programming.

Aggregate survey results may be made public; individual survey responses will remain anonymous.

If you would like to receive notifications about the project, please indicate so at the end of the survey.

Thank you in advance for your assistance. Should you have questions, please contact SHIFT Executive Director Christian Beckwith at cb@shiftjh.org.

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* 1. Organizational information

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* 2. Your contact information

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* 3. Organization's mission

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* 4. Organization's vision (if different from mission)

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* 5. Organization's annual budget (2019)

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* 6. What percentage of your organization's annual budget is used for nature-based military veteran programming?

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* 7. What types of funding source(s) underwrite your nature-based military veteran programming?

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* 8. How many participants did your nature-based veterans programming engage in 2019?

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* 9. What generation(s) of veterans do your nature-based programs typically serve?

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* 10. What populations does your nature-based programming typically serve? (Select all that apply.)

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* 11. Which of the following best describes your programming? (Select all that apply.)

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* 12. If you provide nature- and/or recreation-based therapy programs, what systematic processes do your qualified providers utilize?

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* 13. What types of recreational activities does your programming utilize? (Select all that apply.)

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* 14. How does your organization recruit participants for its programming? (Select all that apply.)

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* 15. What specific conditions does your nature-based programming seek to address? (Select all that apply.)

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* 16. What criteria do participants have to meet in order to participate? (Select all that apply.)

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* 17. What exclusion criteria does your program use during the recruitment process? (Select all that apply.)

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* 19. What qualifications, certifications and/or licensure are your program facilitators required to have? 

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* 20. What is the typical duration of your programming? (Select all that apply.)

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* 21. How frequently does a military veteran typically participate in your programming?

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* 22. Does your organization assess or evaluate the measurable outcomes of your programming?

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* 23. If your answer to the preceding question was "yes," what measurable outcomes does your program assess or evaluate?

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* 24. If your answer to question 22 was "yes," what measures or assessments do you use to evaluate these outcomes?

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* 25. In your personal opinion, what are the primary benefits to veterans who participate in your programs?

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* 26. With what researchers or research institutions, if any, does your nature-based programming collaborate?

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* 27. What peer-reviewed research, if any, has been published about your programming? (Please include relevant links.)

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* 28. Please note any press or awards your programming has received (include links).

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* 29. Would you be willing to let us contact you about your responses?

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* 30. Is there anything else you would like us to know about your nature-based programming?

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